5X Hidden Gems to add to your travel list for the new year
Post-Covid (are we really done with it now?), everyone is looking to book the next trip. It’s great to let your mind wander off and to look forward to a sunny destination. As you know we are a big fan of Off Beaten spots so a ‘hidden gem’ city trip should therefore not be missing on your travel list for 2023.
We all need those hidden gems in our lives, don’t we?
1. The cozy Zagreb and a day trip to Plitvice, Croatia
Zagreb has grown from a stopover destination into a real travel destination. The charming city is located on the Sava river. This combination gives a special vibe. With cobblestone streets, boutiques, workshops, and cafes that are full of music, Zagreb is a perfect destination for a pleasant and surprising city trip. This city trip can be combined with a day trip to the national park Plitvice. This is a beautiful nature park with azure blue lakes and more than 400 waterfalls. (see photo)
2. Go back in the time of knights in Valetta, Malta
Valetta is the ideal destination for a longer city trip and can be combined with a day at the beach. The capital of Malta is full of sights that come from the time of the hospital knights. In the relatively small city, you will find no fewer than 320 monuments, such as church domes and forts. A nice side note; Check out Popeye Village which was once used as a film set, but now looks like a fishing village that is too cute not to post on the gram! Are you visiting Malta for 5 days or less? Check out our Malta Guide!
Beautiful cities like London or Paris often have an impressive history and plenty to admire, but unfortunately, you have to share these cities with hundreds of other tourists.
3. Authentic Italian atmosphere and sea urchins in Bari, Puglia Italy
After all the bustle in Rome, Pisa, and Venice, the cozy Bari located in the Puglia region is a real relief. The old center, called Bari Vecchia, is a photogenic labyrinth full of small alleys and churches. Real daredevils taste the raw sea urchins in the port of Bari with a view of the beautiful sea.
4. Boutiques and ice creams in Braga, Portugal
Braga is also called ‘the Rome of Portugal’. This is because the city is full of historic cathedrals and elegant architecture. All perfectly maintained squares and alleyways that are only accessible to pedestrians. Because of this, Braga forms an excellent alternative to, for example, the city of Lisbon. From a large number of boutiques and cafés, you can see that Braga is a real student city. For a delicious dinner and cocktails, head to the popular Brac Restaurante. Then enjoy coffee and ice cream at Spiritio.
5. Look for the ‘hidden gem’ at a surprise destination
Every city, big or small, has its own ‘hidden gems’. With a surprise trip, you are guaranteed to discover new special places during the city trip, because preparation is not possible. You will not know where the trip is going until the last minute before you board the plane. That is why a surprise trip with SRPRS.me is the ideal way to experience a special city trip. Moreover, chances are that you will end up in a place that you might never have thought of yourself. But also on the popular destinations, you will discover new places in this way that will surprise you and will never forget you.